GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24: Brad Sheppard of the Eagles runs with the ball during the round six AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the West Coast Eagles at GMHBA Stadium on April 24, 2021 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

West Coast defender Brad Sheppard has called time on his career after battling ongoing concussion symptoms.

The Eagles confirmed Sheppard's decision on Tuesday, with the veteran backman having taken the advice of medical specialists following the impacts of recent head knocks.

Sheppard hangs up the boots after 216 games in the blue and gold, having joined the club via the 2009 National Draft at Pick 7.

The East Fremantle product made his AFL debut in 2010 against Hawthorn, offering a reliable service to the Eagles' defence.

The 30-year-old soon emerged as a key pillar in Adam Simpson's backline, featuring in the club's 2015 Grand Final loss to the Hawks as a reliable lockdown option in defence.

Sheppard claimed his maiden All-Australian selection last year following a stellar campaign with the Eagles, where he averaged 15.89 disposals, 3.44 rebounds 50s and 6.22 marks per game in reduced quarter durations.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 15: Andrew Gaff (L) Brad Sheppard, Mark Hutchings and Jack Darling of the Eagles (R) during the round 17 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the West Coast Eagles at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 15, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

After considering his future and wellbeing, Sheppard decided to announce his retirement this week, ending a cherished career with West Coast.

Sheppard joins young forward Daniel Venables in also having to abruptly end his AFL career after battling ongoing concussion setbacks.

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